THE JUNGLE, CALAIS
18 – 22 September
On the 18th of September a large removal van supplied by Dunbar Removals left East Lothian fully loaded with items for the CalAid warehouse in Slough. All items taken on the trips were put together by memebers of Re-Act with most of the items supplied by Louise and her team in East Lothian and topped up by Edinburgh donations.
A group of five members of Re-Act, two from Edinburgh and three from East Lothian, left the following day along with one transit and one long wheel base IVECO. Supplies taken down included primarily men’s clothing, some women’s clothes, food and tents.
The first day was spent handing out clothes and supplies and getting to know the people in the camp. There were only two recognised agencies within the camp; Medicines sans Frontiers and Doctors of the world. Both were very helpful and gave us very valuable information.
On of the vans returned to Edinburgh on the 21st of September. Three members of the team stayed on, spending time in the camp distributing more supplies. Many valuable lessons were taken on board for any future visits to this area. Now with winter coming and a further camp arising in Dunkirk there is a growing need for more to be done for women and children as they are now coming to the camps in greater numbers